Blue Skies for my Friends

I got a short note from Ray last evening wishing me well and asking for a little of that Texas blue sky we are famous for. Ray’s a photographer in Port Townsend, Washington one of the most picturesque places on the planet.

Everyone knows the Pacific Northwest gets a good amount of rainfall each year (~ 36″) but you’d probably be surprised to learn that Houston receives almost 1-1/2 times more (~54″) than Seattle. We just don’t receive it little by little like Ray does. When it rains here, it’s a gully washer (3 – 4 inches per hour) and then it quits.

Whoda Thunk!


Puddles – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 21mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray circular polarizer and 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

14 thoughts on “Blue Skies for my Friends

  1. Thanks Jeff I needed that. Been a week of that misty, soak the equipment kind of rain. Been through a couple of those Texas rain storms so I understand how you get more in the rain gauge than Seattle. I could use some of that Texas Warm about now too. 🙂

    • Hey Ray.

      We went from a cold, damp spring to a hot, humid summer real quick this year. It’s supposed to it 96F here on Friday.

      😉 Yeeha!

  2. I would say you captured some beautiful Texas blue sky, Jeff.

    The rain Houston gets is not as useful if it comes in large amounts for short periods. Not to mention any contribution by tropical storms.

  3. I knew that most places in the US get more rain than Seattle, but I didn’t realise that Houston was also in that list…

    • Matt,

      Thanks for reading. Yes, most years Houston gets over 4 feet of rainfall and much of it in 2″ – 3″ thunderstorms. All that moisture from the gulf combined with low pressure waves from the west bring us some incredible weather.


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